History leader - Mr Stoddart and Mrs Greathead


At Holden Clough Community Primary School our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for history; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum; ensuring the progressive development of historical concepts, knowledge and skills; and for the children to develop a love for history. Furthermore, we aim to inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about history that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world (The 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England). 

The aims of teaching history is linked to our school values: 

‘A family of independent life-long learners that reach for the stars’ 

We want our children to be confident, resilient, have compassion, understand and respect differences and challenge and engage actively with historical issues, leading them to ask relevant questions and think critically when searching for answers. 


  • To develop pupils’ understanding of the complexity of people’s lives in different times and places. 
  • To teach pupils to recognise similarities and differences between periods in history and see how the past has shaped the present. 
  • To ensure pupils understand diversity within societies and the relationships between different groups over time. 
  • Pupils’ historical knowledge and skills are developed through analysing and judging different sources of evidence and understanding its importance when piecing together the past. 
  • To challenge pupils to view events from different perspectives, leading to greater empathy and understanding of events and situations. 
  • The history that pupils learn encourages them not to simply see the past through the lens of the present, but to understand how values and attitudes have changed over time 
  • Chronology helps pupils see the ‘big picture’ of the historical narrative, enabling pupils to make connections made between different periods from the past and the present. 
  • The history that children learn is meaningful and brought alive for them through investigating and asking questions about the past, present and future. 
  • To encourage pupils to explore how the world has changed, the processes involved and the impact and legacy of change.


How History is taught at Holden Clough:

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in history, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school. History is taught through thematic units and the overview below maps out which thematic units feature this subject and the Long-Term Plans, available in the file section, clearly show the objectives taught.


Planning is a process in which the Dimension Curriculum ensures that the school gives full coverage of the 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study for History and Understanding of the World in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Across the school, history is linked to class topics.


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